How does poverty play out in the economic powerhouse of Yorkshire, the retail and tourist success story, the regenerated and rebuilt city, that is Leeds?
Well, here are some figures, collated by the Leeds Initiative and published on their website.
- In Leeds there are 29,695 children aged under 16 who are living in poverty – 22.9% of all children in this age range
- There are 33,295 dependent children aged under 20 who are living in poverty (22.1% of the children / young people in this age range)
33000 children, 1 in 5 of our children, living in poverty.
Poverty is not distributed evenly across the City, and these averages hide pockets of child poverty that are as high as anywhere in the UK.
On October 14th we are holding an Innovation Lab where the people of Leeds are invited to come and think about how poverty works in the city and what we can do to disrupt it, personally and collectively. We would love for you to join us….http://povertyinleeds.eventbrite.com/